Local Musicians Are Honored At Spring Showcase
Rebecca Norton Frontier Times Museum
In November 2016, The Frontier Times Museum and The Bandera Music Hall of Fame partnered to bring a music program to the community for free admission.
The 2nd Sunday Music Fest has welcomed local musicians to be a guest host at the museum and invite their fellow musicians to join them in a monthly Pickers Circle.
This 2nd Sunday, it is the musicians turn to be honored as the Bandera Music Hall of Fame has chosen a roster of some of Bandera’s best musicians to be showcased in the Music Hall of Fame’s Spring Showcase. This year’s event will be honor The Texas Country Band, Brent Horton and The Toman Brothers Band. The showcase will be held on April 9 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Frontier Times Museum at 510 13th Street in Bandera. Bandera Music Hall of Fame President Karen Lucia says” There will be food trucks, drinks and plenty of great music to enjoy.”
The Texas Country Band members are Linda Wilder, Bob Argo, Dale Burkett and Matt Midland. Linda Wilder was born in Ft. Worth, Texas and started playing the saxophone in the school band at the age of 12. By her junior year in high school, Linda was lead sax and drum major in the band. She continued as drum major where she was offered a music scholarship to Texas Christian University. After two semesters, she changed her major to finance and turned her musical concentration to playing Rock and Roll and Country around Ft. Worth. Though Linda transferred to UCLA to complete her MBA, her love of music was never too far away. She joined the band Country Spice and toured the United States opening for notable country acts. The band had a local hit recording New Mexico Your Trying to Steal My Heart which Linda wrote. After appearing on local TV and radio broadcasts in New Mexico, the band retired from the road and Linda went to work at the Coca Cola Company. After retiring in 2010, she moved to Bandera where she realized “what a Mecca of live music” the town was. She currently appears playing at Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar, TJ’s at the Old Forge, Wildhorse Saloon and The Chickin Coop. Linda says she “plans to play until she no longer can.”
Robert (Bob) Argo started playing music 45 years ago in Denton, Texas, where he formed the band Damaged Cowboys. Bob moved to Bandera almost 30 years ago and has performed with Linda Allen & The Road Runner Band, The Straightline Band with Tooter Ripps, Greg Hollingsworth, and Willie Sanchez. He has performed at the Old Bella Union, The Purple Cow, Arkey Blue’s Silver Dollar, The Cabaret, Rev’s Down Under, Connie & Sleepys, The Farmers Daughter, and The Chikin Coop. Together with Linda Wilder, he formed the Texas Country Band approximately four years ago.
Fellow band member, Dale Burkett, was born in San Antonio in 1950 and has lived in Bandera for 28 years. He has played with most every musician in Bandera over the years, including Linda Allen & The Road Runners, Arkey Blue’s Blue Cowboys, and Desert Moon. “One of my favorite memories was opening for Junior Brown at the Cabaret, I love country music and plan to play as long as I can” says Dale. Finishing out the band is member Matt Mydland. Matt was born in 1971 and grew up in Lake Grove, New York. Growing up in a home filled with music. His two sisters played cello, violin, guitar, and they all played the piano. Matt started playing drums at 14 in garage bands, where he took an interest in Jazz and Jazz Fusion. He played Jazz during his college years and later played with several rock bands in Florida. Since moving to Bandera in 2003, he has been learning the subtleties and nuances of country music and has played with most of the musicians in town. Matt lives in Bandera with his wife Cheryl and two children Emma and Geir. He says he hopes to brainwash both children into growing up to become jazz musicians.
Honoree Brent Horton is a humble man, but his passion is evident when he talks about music. Brent came to Bandera to be a bass player with Gary Wright and The Road Kill Band. He became friends with Cabaret owner PeeWee Stroud and began “running sound for Bush (yes Johnny).” He says “it all started at The Forge with Peewee, live music seven days a week, people came from Japan, England and all over the world to video the music there.” Brent says he was inspired by the camaraderie between the musicians who lifted each other up. He has shared the stage with Johnny Bush, Darrell McCall and Justin Trevino.
The Toman Brothers Band is considered one of the most versatile bands in Texas and will be celebrating 35 years of music together this year. They have opened for shows with Robin Trower, Toby Keith, and Tim McGraw and have worked rodeos in San Antonio, Houston, and Austin. Heading out as the Drugstore Cowboys in 1981 and playing back-up for Gary Stewart, the Tomans are a now a favorite at Bandera venues.
Randy Toman started playing bass guitar in 1960. His influences are The Beatles, Guy Stewart, Yes, and Deep Purple. Russell Toman started playing lead guitar in 1976 and his influences are Billy Gibbons, Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits.
Scott Williams is a San Antonio native and is the drummer for the band. He studied voice at San Antonio College and Southwest Texas University. Scott has toured with Moe Bandy and played with many area bands, including Firefox, Meyer Anderson and The Drugstore Cowboys.
The event is free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair, eat, drink, sit and relax and listen to the music that has made Bandera the place to be for live music.